- Hotel Standards
Music Contact International uses only hotels, whether three or four-star properties, that have the amenities and space to make people feel comfortable and well-rested while on tour. We are also happy to offer alternate types of accommodations, such as university dorms or youth hostels, depending on your group’s needs.
We work with you to decide when to stay directly in the heart of a city and when to stay in a country-side hotel according to the timing of the touring day. Varying the settings and styles of hotels can also add a lot to the uniqueness of a tour. Combining large hotels, for example, with traditional hotels and local ambiance can create a great balance during a tour. We work with you to match your group to the hotel style and setting that is perfect for your group.
- Restaurant Standards
One of the fun ways to discover the unique culture of a region is by enjoying the local cuisine. It is an important part of our work to make recommendations for excellent restaurants where the group can sit down and experience the flavors of the country.
Whether it is a delicious meal of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut in Munich, Paella in Barcelona, or a five-course Italian feast on the Adriatic Coast of Italy, Music Contact International will make your meals a memorable experience that enhance your visit to a different culture.
- Motor Coach Standards
We take special care in selecting motor coaches, since many ensembles travel over long distances while on tour. Our motor coaches are always new models with full amenities, such as:
- Large panoramic windows
- PA System
- Climate controlled A/C and heating systems
- Overhead storage
- Reclining Seats
- Luggage Capacity
The friendly welcome of a driver and a helpful hand is always appreciated. All drivers are professional and courteous. We ensure that your group’s driver will positively impact your tour.
- Local Guide
In addition to your full time Music Contact International Tour Manager, a local guide will conduct sightseeing tours along the way. Guided city tours can be customized to reflect your group’s special interests and include any additional sights you request.
For example, you may want the local guide to focus on the history of Mozart's years in Vienna, or the contemporary music and art of Paris. We will design the guided city tours to match your group’s interests.
The local guides are a great source of information about the customs, education systems and government structures of the area, and they are willing to elaborate on questions about cost of living and what life is like for local citizens. The tours go beyond seeing the sights and take you into the lives of the locals providing a deeper understanding of their culture.
- Custom Tour Handbook
Prior to departure, we provide each traveler with a printed handbook outlining the details of the tour. This includes an hour-by-hour itinerary, followed by , and our “Things to Know Before you GO!” section. This portion of the Handbook is an extremely useful tool in helping group members prepare for their trip. It includes a short history and local customs of the areas being visited; banking hours, tipping customs, currency rates, time zone, language, attire, and much more. The handbook concludes with customized free time recommendations and a section for notetaking.
The Music Contact International handbook is unique in the industry and serves as a practical preparation tool, a informative guide during the tour and a wonderful memento of your trip upon return!
- Keepsake Photo Video DVD
Prior to travel your group leaders will receive a digital camera to take along on the tour from the company Create-A-Video. The camera can be passed amongst group members during the tour to capture memorable moments from your travels.
After the tour, the camera is sent by the director back to Create-A-Video. They will create a slide show video of the pictures which can include your group’s music as the background sound.
Each traveler will receive a copy of the video on DVD. The video is a wonderful personal keepsake from the trip and will provide memories for years to come.